winter of 1916, from the effects of which the trees are just now (1920) about recovering. Good crops of honey from the groves may be expected in the spring of the year of 1919-20, provided the winter is not too severe. A temperature of 20 degrees Fahr, lasting for a very short time has been endured by citrus trees when the sap was down and the trees dormant; on the other hand, they are often killed by a temperature of 26 degrees held for four hours, if the wood is in a sappy condition and the leaves and bark very tender. It is as much a matter of tree condition as of temperature.


In the past 20 years many plans have been devised for protecting the trees from the fatal effects of too low temperatures. Some make huge piles of pine and oak logs, whose bonfires of “fat-wood” and whose smudge, hanging like a veil over the groves, have often proved a life-saver. Others use smudge pots or crude-oil stoves. The practice, once tried very extensively about DeLand by the late John B. Stetson, of erecting huge board fences with high roofs over the entire grove, has been gradually abandoned as impracticable, owing to original cost, upkeep, and the fact that the growing trees soon overtop even roofs 18 or 20 feet high. South of Tampa, however, the danger of low temperature is very slight.


While there are many thousands of growers of citrus fruits all over the State, the groves